Note for more background if you need it this thread from the past on the matter of concussions when this matter was discussed at length last season:[url=http://forums.cfl.ca/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=52973]viewtopic.php?f=15&t=52973[/url]
Essentially the new rules are against high tackles of any kind (above the shoulders) with launching into a player's neck and head altogether with any part of the body now being against the rules. It is complicated if you try to read through the wording of the new section of rules, but basically high tackles are outlawed.
Let's hope whenever they play again that the officials are consistent in application of the new rules. The players, with especially the prospect of stiff fines, will adjust as they have already and contrary to many a prediction otherwise that they could not adjust and still be effective in play.
Fortunately, grazing blows to the helmet of the QB by a pass rusher, or by any given player, that are incidental or secondary contact are exempt. That was always such a lame call too.
Rightly so the rules are going to the side of prudent safety, and oddly enough these rules go back to what has always been the case in rugby that some think is so rough just because they play without pads.
Geez they figured out in the NFL to get rid of the head-slap, clothes line, and flying wedge years ago (but were very late on its use as a kickoff return tactic before outlawing it on those plays too) and they sure have been really late to the party on this one.
If you like me have played both games, you know that the padding actually encourages the more vicious hits and does not offer protection for such situations even for the hitting player at times.
We've seen that many a time especially in the secondary when any given DB, usually getting the better of the launch shot on a receiver, is also shaken up or hurt.